Product Type: Giorgio Armani fragrances
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Giorgio Armani Code Eau de Parfum
Member Name: Ainat
Giorgio Armani Code Eau de Parfum
Date: 06/03/12, updated on 29/06/13 (77 review reads)
Advantages: Sophisticated evening scent
Disadvantages: Price, can be over-powering
I like wearing perfume. It's not something I wear all the time, but it is something I like to wear on occasion. My favourite 'day' perfume is Ralph Lauren's 'Ralph' but that definitely is more of a summery day time scent. A few months ago when looking for something to wear more in the evenings I decided to opt for a bottle of Armani 'Code'.
The bottle itself was enough to draw my attention. It's a tall, sleek and slender bottle with a dark blue colouring and frosted glass appearance on part of it, with a black flowery design. It looks sophisticated and elegant, especially when next to my 'Ralph' bottle which is short and stumpy in comparison. The lid is also a dark blue colour. Easy to remove and put back on - simply clips on as opposed to being needed to be screwed on and off. The bottle does also appear to be quite sturdy. I have dropped mine a few times and all is still good in the world, and the bottle is still in one piece.
So... More importantly... What does it smell like?
This perfume has a citrusy scent to it. It has orange blossom heart notes, with top notes being orange and jasmine. The base notes of this perfume are honey and vanilla. This results in an overall scent of a citrusy floral mix. The perfume itself is quite strong, so you don't need much of it. With such powerful scents it is possible to be a bit too liberal with it and the end result isn't that great. However, when applied in a reasonable amount (i.e. a couple of sprays on the wrists or so) the result is a beautiful evening scent.
The scent of the perfume has a sophisticated feel to it, which I personally feel is also suggested by the bottle. It has a husky seductiveness to it. When first applied, like I say, it has a powerful scent. I find though after just a couple of minutes it settles to this husky seductiveness that I love.
The scent lasts a long time, which is good for an evening out. Means a bottle of perfume is one less thing to be carrying around with you as you won't really need a top up throughout the evening.
Armani Code definitely has a distinct scent. It's hard to describe scents in words. But although it is a scent I love for evenings, it's not really a daytime scent, nor is it to everybody's tastes, so I'd recommend you trying a 'sample' bottle in a shop before committing to buying if you're not sure. Give yourself a little spray, give it a few minutes or so before deciding.
Price wise, it tends to vary quite a lot, so if this is a scent you love then shop around. I actually bought mine at an event we were having at work - every so often we get these retailers in who set up a table of goods. Sometimes it sweets, make-up, books, etc. This particular time it was perfume from Fragrance Direct - http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/ They are currently retailing the 75ml bottle for £47.99, whereas the Perfume Shop are currently retailing the 50ml bottle for around this price. So shop around for the best deal you can find. It is worth it if you like the scent.
I am going to give the product 4 stars. With that all important 5th star being dropped for the fact I feel the price is quite high, (especially when compared to my favourite daytime scent), and that it is such a strong scent meaning it can be over-powerful and it takes a few minutes to 'settle'.
Summary: A great evening scent, but a little expensive.
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